Does life and work seem drab? Here are 12 ways to shake things up, avoid mediocrity and feel great everyday.
The clock ticks by; the day seems to drag along. You can sort of feel the drudgery. You are getting work done but it's mindless and unsatisfying. It doesn't matter that the workday is nearly over because even the time outside of work doesn't seem very interesting anymore. Maybe you are somewhat disillusioned or uninspired. Things aren't really horrible, they just feel... well, sort of blah!
No need to panic. There are plenty of ways to make life fun and meaningful. Here are my favorites. Trying even a few is sure to spice things up. Do them all and you will never feel blah again.
1. Go Learn Something New
You can learn something simple from an online class or something involved like a new language. Either way you'll stimulate your mind and enjoy accomplishment.
2. Compete Hard for a Promotion
Many people just assume they are entitled to promotion, but why not work hard for it? The preparation and lobbying will give you thrills and energy. Especially if you win.
3. Start a Business
You don't have to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. But even creating an Etsy store can inspire you to think in new ways and add extra money to your wallet.
4. Engage With Nature
A sterile cubicle can suck the life out you. Go camping in the wilderness or boating on a lake. The views, color, and fresh air will regenerate your energy... naturally.
5. Do Something that Frightens You
Nothing says excitement like a little adrenaline. Try skydiving or public speaking. Even a sober trip to the karaoke bar can give you a new jolt of self-confidence that will energize you.
6. Check Out Boarding School for Your Kids
Yes, we all love the little tykes, but often they can suck the lifeblood out of us. Just learning that you have viable alternatives to your current domestic environment may feel like a breath of fresh air.
7. Remove Those Who Bore You
Stop hanging out with dull people who have no life and make you unhappy. Tell them to step up or go away. (This includes spouses and significant others.) Surround yourself with the most talented, fascinating people you can find. Just make sure you bring something to the table as well.
8. Create a Useful and Funny Video
Everyone deals with something at the work that irks the team. Video is cheap and easy. Get people involved in making a tasteful but funny video that makes the point about cleaning the fridge or speaking softer on the phone. Here is everything you need.
9. Visit Another Country
Maybe you need a totally different perspective. Forget that stay-cation and see how other people really live. Do a home exchange and live like the French, Spanish or Croatians.
10. Do Something Physically Active
Physical activity alleviates stress and releases endorphins and gets creative juices flowing. Some of my best ideas have come during workouts. Go bike, run, kayak, skate, etc. It'll feel good and make you look good too.
11. Quit Your Job
Stop doing what you hate and start doing what you love! Yes these are hard economic times, but no one should live in daily misery from a job. Go see a career counselor and find something that excites you.
12. Plan Your Preferred Destiny
For those of you serious about taking control of your life, start now! Grab someone you trust and have a serious discussion about who you want to be when you grow up. Then hold each other accountable. I did this effectively this year. If you need help with a process, contact me and I'll send you my free workbook.